Shopping for an Australian Shepherd can be a daunting, yet exciting task. There are so many things to consider when picking out a dog. For example, which coat color will you want? There are over 14 color variations of the Australian Shepherd!
More importantly, do you want a purebred or mixed Australian Shepherd? We know Aussies have fantastic temperaments and are adorable, but mixed Aussies are just as great. In fact, some owners prefer a mixed breed – for good reason!
But whatever you do, read this article before you decide on bringing home a purebred Australian Shepherd. Mixed Aussies are just as great. Also, my apologies in advance for making your decision that much harder. 🙂
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Table of Contents
- Australian Shepherd Mix Dogs
- Finding an Australian Shepherd Mix
- Purebred vs. Mixed Aussie
- Final Thoughts
Australian Shepherd Mix Dogs
These are the 18 most interesting Australian Shepherd mixed breeds listed in no particular order. Some of which, may be harder to find than others.
There’s nearly an unlimited possible number of Aussie mixes and we can’t cover all over them. If we missed one, let us know in the comments below!
1. Border Aussie
Parents: Border Collie and Australian Shepherd mix
The Border Aussie is a mix between the Border Collie and Australian Shepherd. When you breed two intelligent dog breeds, you get…an intelligent mixed breed! This is especially true when the Border Collie is the smartest dog breed in the world.
These beautiful dogs have docile and affectionate personalities with fantastic temperaments. Both breeds are great herding dogs, so it’s safe to say their herding instincts are in tact.
Border Aussies love to please people and are social dogs. There’s nothing they enjoy more than spending an afternoon playing with their family members.
Still, these dogs require quite a bit of grooming. Neither parents are hypoallergenic dogs, but shedding isn’t as bad as say, an Akita Inu.
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Parents: Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Australian Shepherd mix
One of my favorite mixed Aussies is the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Australian Shepherd mix – or the Augi. Whoever thought of the idea to breed these two cute dog breeds together was brilliant.
As a result, you get a lively and loving mixed dog that’s slightly more adaptable than a purebred Aussie.
The Augi also originated from two herding dogs, so there’s a chance they’ll try to herd your children. Still, the Augi is a fantastic companion and truly a workaholic that would thrive in the world of dog sports.
Whether you live on a 5 acre farm or in the metropolitan city of New York, the Augi is a superb alternative to the Australian Shepherd.
Just make sure they get the exercise they need. Their short legs doesn’t mean they need less work.
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Parents: Siberian Husky and Australian Shepherd mix
What happens when you combine a fierce sled dog with a hyperactive herding dog? You get the Ausky – a Siberian Husky Australian Shepherd mix.
These dogs are recommended for the most active of dog owners. If you’re a couch potato looking for an over-sized lap dog, look elsewhere.
The Ausky is not recommended for novice owners. These dogs have so much pent up energy that two things are necessary: plenty of exercise and obedience training.
Failure to provide either sufficiently will result in a (possibly) destructive Ausky. If you can’t provide this, steer clear.
The Ausky is as friendly as either parent breed. They’re full of energy and have many different ways to express their feelings.
Huskies are often called the “dogs with a thousand expressions” and the Auskies seems to take part in that too. If you’re wary of dog zoomies, get ready for some epic zoomies from these dogs.
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Parents: Poodle and Australian Shepherd mix
The Aussiedoodle (or Aussiepoo) is the exotic cross between a Poodle and Australian Shepherd. They’re arguably the most popular Aussie mix today. The reason? They were bred to be the ultimate companion and family dog.
Purebred Australian Shepherds are smart. However, breeding them with the second smartest dog in the world will give you a highly intelligent mutt Aussie.
More importantly, they’re loyal dogs who love to socialize with all humans.
Depending on which side your Aussiedoodle inherits from, they tend to be fantastic swimmers. Most owners say their Aussie loves to swim, plus Poodles were originally trained to be water retrievers.
In other words, the perfect activity to tire out your Aussiedoodle is swimming. These dogs are some of the best and it’s hard to not fall in love with an Aussiedoodle at first sight.
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5. Australian Retriever
Parents: Golden Retriever and Australian Shepherd mix
If you’re looking for the perfect balance between work and play, there’s the Australian Retriever. They have the playfulness, obedience and charm of the Golden Retriever. However, they retain the energy and work ethic of the Australian Shepherd.
The Australian Retriever is highly recommended to those that want a “calmer” Australian Shepherd (does that even exist?). They can still be a handful, but their mannerism and kind attitude makes up for it.
Like the Golden, the Australian Retriever is friendly and a fantastic playmate for kids. Though, they probably wouldn’t make great guard dogs – they’re better watch dogs.
They do have a tendency to be possessive over toys and people, especially with kids. On the bright side, they’ll be great protectors for your children. But it’s not a good idea to let them continue to be overly possessive.
Australian Retrievers have an instinct for retrieving (hence, the name). For this reason, they love a game of frisbee or catch with their favorite ball. So, make sure you have the time to play with these sociable frisbee-loving dogs.
Parents: Boxer and Australian Shepherd mix
Shout out to Jettie (pictured) over at dogforum. The Boxherd is one of the rarest Aussie mixes, though they’re just severely underrated in my opinion.
The Boxherd possesses the sturdy frame of a Boxer and the work ethic of the Australian Shepherd. Depending on what job you have planned for them, they could be the ultimate work do
The Boxer Aussie mix is all about loyalty. They will always have your back. With that said, they can be aloof around strangers. And in some cases, they’re aggressive towards them. But in reality, they’re just trying to protect the family.
In the comfort of the home, the Boxherd is surprisingly affectionate and has a big heart. If you treat them right, they’ll reciprocate the love and shower you with love.
Playing with the Boxherd can be difficult for kids. Boxers have consistently made the most dangerous dogs list. However, they’re not aggressive by nature.
Both Boxers and Aussies have a ton of energy and mishaps can happen when you have a relatively strong dog. All play with children must be strictly supervised.
7. Chow Shepherd
Parents: Chow Chow and Australian Shepherd mix
The Chow Shepherd is another hidden gem. These dogs are also called the Australian Chow, as to not get mixed up with the German Shepherd Chow Chow mix.
The Chow Shepherd is like a fluffy brown Australian Shepherd with a bit more size. You’ll almost certainly lose the beautiful colors of the Aussie, but the Chow Shepherd makes up for it elsewhere.
The temperament of these dogs can vary depending on which side they inherit more from. This is because Chows and Aussies have a contrast in personalities.
Some will be more calm, while others will be more sociable. Despite the variance in personality, you can expect a loyal and protective dog – as seen in both parent breeds.
The Chow Shepherd will probably be very energetic, as seen with the shepherd side. Regardless, socialization is especially important with these Aussie mixes. Without consistent training, they can be overly-protective, aggressive and destructive.
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Parents: Labrador Retriever and Australian Shepherd mix
Why not crossbreed the Australian Shepherd with the most popular dog breed since 1991? Labrador Retrievers are popular for many reasons.
They have great personalities and can be loyal, intelligent, obedient, cheerful and affectionate. Most of which, overlaps with the Australian Shepherd.
The most desirable traits in a family dog is arguably obedience and affection. Thus, an Aussiedor is perfect for all types of families, including those with children.
They play well with children but can also be vigilant watch dogs. Plus, they make awesome hiking buddies too.
Crossbreeding America’s most popular dog breed with the wonderful Australian Shepherd is a match made in heaven. They’re hard to come by, but should be a top choice if you’re considering an Australian Shepherd mix.
Parents: Boston Terrier and Australian Shepherd mix
Special thanks to Jennie (flickr) for the cute Baussie picture. The Baussie (also spelled: Bossie) is one of the most unique combinations in the dogdom.
They’re rare mutts but should be given serious consideration when choosing an Australian Shepherd mix.
Baussies are lively and affectionate, having bred from two parent breeds with the same traits. However, this mix can be calmer than your purebred Aussie.
Depending on which side they take from, Baussies can be gentle and docile. This makes them an excellent choice for owners that prefer a more laid back pup.
One thing’s for sure: these dogs will have energy. Though not as hard working as a purebred Aussie, a Baussie may be right around your sweet spot.
Daily exercise and play will still be required for this mix, but they probably wouldn’t need to work like an Australian Shepherd.
Parents: Great Pyrenees and Australian Shepherd mix
I have to admit i’m most intrigued by the Sheepnees: the Great Pyrenees and Aussie mix. The Great Pyrenees is a gentle giant with a calm demeanor and intense loyalty.
On the other hand, Australian Shepherds are highly active and sociable dogs. Depending on your individual dog, personalities can vary a bit.
Still, the Sheepnees is truly a spectacular sight to see. They’re one of the largest dog breeds in the world, originating from France. So it’s not unordinary to expect to get a big fluffy Australian Shepherd.
However, with a Sheepnees, you can expect a gentle playmate for kids and a protective dog for the home. Loyalty is almost guaranteed with this Aussie mix.
I’d imagine a Sheepnees will be difficult to find, but it seems like they’d make the ultimate family companion dog.
Parents: Doberman Pinscher and Australian Shepherd mix
Picture credit: willow wood. Want to turn an Australian Shepherd to the ultimate family guard dog? No problem, crossbreed them with a Doberman Pinscher and you have the Auberman.
As expected, this Aussie mix is a fierce protector and an intense worker. Give them the task of protecting the home and they’ll do it with conviction.
These beautiful yet elegant dogs have strong personalities that aren’t recommended for novice dog owners. Aubermans are a little protective by nature, so they may be somewhat possessive over things.
To be able to properly train and raise one, you’ll need to establish clear authority and dominance in the house (and over the pack).
Parents: Rat Terrier and Australian Shepherd mix
Pictured above is Blu, the beautiful Rat Terrier Aussie mix. Special thanks to Amber for submitting the picture. When it comes to Aussie mixes, the Raussie is unquestionably a unique combination.
The Raussie has an affectionate personality with the possibility of a stubborn attitude. Still, they’re as intelligent as any dog and attentive enough to learn a whole arsenal of tricks.
Amber mentioned that in just 2 weeks, Blu learned to sit, stay, go down, come, shake, jump through a hoop, jump through her arms, roll, bang and sit pretty. Impressive indeed.
Rat Terriers are known to have a high prey drive, so it’s important to keep an eye on them if you have other small pets (or smaller dogs). They were, after all, bred to track down and hunt small vermin.
Combine these instincts with the energy-level of an Australian Shepherd and you may have a big problem for your hamster and/or guinea pig.
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13. Texas Heeler
Parents: Australian Cattle Dog and Australian Shepherd mix
Pictured above is Twister, the Texas Heeler. What happens when you breed two of the very best herding dogs in the world? You get the ultimate herders: the Texas Heeler.
Why the name? The popular nickname for the Australian Cattle dog is the Blue Heeler. And because the Aussie Blue Heeler mix is so popular in Texas (USA), they’ve been given the appropriate nickname.
Blue heelers are arguably the best herding dog to originate from Australia, while the Aussie may be the best from the United States. The outcome of this crossbreed is an extremely hard working herder.
These dogs are reserved for the most active of dog owners. They’ll require a ton of physical activity and mental stimulation. Without sufficient stimulation, you’ll likely experience a destructive dog.
Australian Cattle Dogs are known to be a little stubborn and very wary of strangers. For these reasons, consistent obedience and socialization training is a must.
14. Aussie Pom
Parents: Pomeranian and Australian Shepherd mix
The Aussie Pom is a rare, yet beautiful Australian Shepherd mix. And despite the scarcity, Aussie Poms have been steadily gaining popularity over the past few years.
Usually, a Pomeranian (see other German dogs) is crossed with a toy or mini Australian Shepherd due to the size difference. The hybrid is a unique petite dog that doubles as a companion and lap dog.
They have extremely friendly personalities and a strong affection towards family members. Perfect for kids!
Because of such favorable temperaments, Aussie Poms are relatively easy to train. They’re naturally friendly with all people and eager to please. It makes socialization and obedience training less daunting for even first time dog owners.
Looking for an Australian Shepherd mix that wont try to herd everything in sight? The Aussie Pom may be right for you.
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Parents: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Australian Shepherd mix
Pictured above is Winston the Aussalier. Check out more pictures on his Instagram. With the Aussalier, there can be a lot of variations in coat colors, as these hybrid dogs are relatively new.
Still, they’re easily one of the cutest, most adorable Australian Shepherd mixes we have seen.
The Aussalier was developed using a toy or miniature Aussie. As a result, these hybrids are cheerful and easy-going dogs with a lot of love to people.
They’re social by nature, but also possess a high level of energy. Aussaliers are perfect for hyperactive children that can match their excitement.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much known about these hybrid dogs. It wasn’t until 2013 that they were recorded into the American Canine Hybrid Club.
16. Bull Aussie
Parents: Pit Bull and Australian Shepherd mix
Pictured above is the awesome Bull Aussie – McGee! Follow him on Instagram to see more. In all honesty, a Pit Bull Australian Shepherd mix was not something I expected to see.
But, I’m sure glad that they exist (and they’re adorable)! Because of how uncommon they are, we can only speculate what the typical Bull Aussie may be like.
Both parent breeds are active and lively, which seems to be the common denominator. We can also expect high intelligence and trainability.
However, depending on which side they take more from, a Bull Aussie can be a ferocious protector with a dominant personality. I wouldn’t recommend these dogs for new trainers due to the lack of information on temperament.
Still, Bull Aussies may be fun-loving and affectionate dogs. Just make sure they get the proper obedience and socializing training as early on as possible.
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17. German Australian Shepherd
Parents: German Shepherd and Australian Shepherd mix
The picture above is Crowley, the German Australian Shepherd. For more pictures, follow him on Instagram. No Aussie mix list is complete without the German Australian Shepherd. It doesn’t get more obvious than the name.
These are two of the best herding dogs in the world. So, it wouldn’t be shocking to see a highly skilled herding dog as well.
German Aussies are wildly active dogs that need a lot of physical activity. Whether it’s a jog, frisbee, catch or a swim – you better be providing this hybrid with a huge work load (don’t worry, they love work!).
These dogs bring all the desirable traits to the table: obedience, work ethic, loyalty and protectiveness. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if these mutts were capable of performing intense military or police dog work.
If you’re looking for a reliable family guardian or an impressive herding dog, you should take a long hard look at the German Australian Shepherd.
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18. Australian Pointer
Parents: Pointer and Australian Shepherd mix
The Australian Pointer is one of the most versatile hybrid Aussies with the ability to herd and track at a high level.
Both the Pointer and the Australian Shepherd have exceptionally high energy levels, making the Australian Pointer a handful for most dog owners.
These rare hybrids are able to track down (point to) birds and herd livestock for many hours. They’re the perfect Australian Shepherd mix for hunters that frequent long hunting trips.
Regardless, the Australian Pointer is loyal and a fun-loving dog when they’re off the field. They enjoy more than just work. Take them out for daily jogs and the occasional swim for a happy dog.
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Finding an Australian Shepherd Mix
Finding an Aussie mix can be an easy or difficult task depending on which hybrid you’re looking for. Like with all mutts, some mixes are more popular than others.
However, if you have your hearts set on a rare Aussie, don’t give up. There are ways to track down that adorable Aussie mix of your dreams.
1. Check Animal Shelters
The first place I always recommend to everyone is to check out your local animal shelter. The AKC states that 70 to 75% of all dogs in the shelter are mutts.
So your chances of finding a mixed breed is extremely high. However, it may be difficult to find a specific Aussie mix.
Still, I would check your local shelters. You never know when one might pop up. Plus, you’ll be rescuing a dog that so desperately needs a new home.
2. Online Search for Aussie Mixes
The next logical step is to do an online search for Australian Shepherd mix breeders. A simple search, such as “australian shepherd doberman mix near me” will suffice.
You may not be able to find a breeder with this method, but it’s always good to check. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and find a nearby hybrid breeder.
If you find a breeder for your mix, you may need to do a little bit of traveling. Because of how relatively rare Aussie mixes are, you may not find one in your specific city.
3. Reach Out to Owners
This next method works almost all the time. However, it will take some time to track down your Aussie mix. But if you really want your dog that bad, this is nothing.
Head on over to Instagram and do a simple search for your mix. For example, if I’m looking for an Australian Shepherd Labrador mix, I’d search the hashtag: #aussielabmix. It’s likely you’ll see a huge gallery of Aussiedors on the platform.
The next step is to create an account (if you don’t have one already) and reach out to the owners of these dogs via direct message.
More often than not, they’ll respond! A simple message like this would suffice: “Hello, I love your dog! Where did you get your Aussiedor from? I’ve always wanted one myself.“
The key is to be persistent. Eventually you should be referred to a breeder of your mix. Sometimes, the owner you reached out to you may be breeding themselves!
Purebred vs. Mixed Aussie
What are the benefits to getting an Australian Shepherd mix versus a purebred (and vice versa)? With a purebred, you know exactly what you’re going to get.
The only thing you may not be able to choose is whether they have a bobtail or not. And even then, it’s possible to find one with or without a tail if you look hard enough.
The Australian Shepherd is a recognized dog breed with a standard for both physical appearance and temperament. You know you’ll get a hard-working and energetic herding dog with a beautiful coat and marvelous eyes.
On the other hand, mixes have more variety – they’re less predictable. Depending on which parent breed is more dominant, different physical and personality traits may appear. So why get an Aussie mix instead?
Why Get an Aussie Mix
Mutt Aussies may be healthier. There’s a long-standing debate among veterinarians and researchers about this. But the theory goes like this: more gene diversity in a mixed Aussie means they’re less likely to develop hereditary disorders.
According to the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, purebreds were more likely to develop 10 genetic disorders when compared to mixed breeds. Their study was conducted on a pool of 90,000 dogs, both mutts and purebreds.
An Aussie mix may be smarter. That’s right, mixed dogs are more intelligent, at least according to this scientific study by Aberdeen University.
The researchers of the University tested 100 dogs with seven intelligence and psychology tests. These research trials consisted of intricate mazes, spatial awareness tests and problem solving tasks.
The result? Mixed dog breeds performed better on these tests. In fact, they performed much better than their purebred counterparts.
If you truly want an Australian Shepherd mix, really dive in on the dog’s temperament and exercise requirements. A mixed breed may be cute, but are they really right for you and your situation?
And if you’ve had your eyes set on a purebred Aussie, I strongly suggest you look into mixed breeds. Despite a bad reputation, they are certainly no worse than a purebred. In fact, they can be more intelligent and even healthier than a purebred.
For those that are set on a particular Australian Shepherd mix, please consider adopting first. Unfortunately, this world is full of mutt dogs that need a loving home and environment. If you rescue an Aussie mix, the love you get from that dog will be like no other.
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